Die Fachgruppen-Tagung 2016 “Acting on media: pioneer communities, social movements and civil society organizations” fand am 13. und 14. Oktober 2016 an der Universität Bremen statt, und wurde in Kooperation mit der Creative Unit des Zentrums für Medien-, Kommunikations- und Informationsforschung (http://www.kommunikative-figurationen.de/de/creative-unit.html) ausgerichtet. Die Tagung fand aufgrund des internationalen TeilnehmerInnenfeldes in englischer Sprache statt.
In one way or the other the current transformation of society is related to media, which are understood to mean organizations, content and technologies. As a consequence, media themselves are gaining increasing relevance in political debates and for political activity per se. Actors like hacker collectives, alternative media or open source movements do not only use media to organize, collaborate and to mobilize, but explicitly center their activities on media-related questions. Pioneer communities like the Quantified Self or Makers movement have emerged as new kinds of collectivities at the crossroads between social movements and think tanks, in their support of new forms of media practice. At the same time, new initiatives critically deal with media and point to problems caused by current media appropriation. One prominent case is Repair Cafés where people maintain their devices to avoid buying new ones, pointing to the socio-ecological damage the production and disposal of media technologies cause. The number of examples that could be added to this list is constantly growing.
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